Vision Quest

12/22/05 12:34 PM 0 Comments

At some point during everyone's life, they must embark on their own "Vision Quest". If you haven't seen the movie called Vision Quest, you should definitely check it out with a lot of beer. Here is the overview of it from IMDB:

Plot Summary for Vision Quest (1985)
Vision Quest is a coming of age movie in which high school wrestler Louden Swain (Matthew Modine) decides he wants to be something more than an average high school athlete and sets his sights on a prize that many don't think he can win -- he then sets out to reach his goal alone, without much support from his father or coach. His father rents a room to a young drifter, Carla (Linda Fiorentino). Swain falls in love with her and she helps him stay focused and prevents him from losing sight of his goals. Although a lower-budget film than Flashdance or Top Gun, this movie is similar in theme and style. Madonna makes her first appearance in a major motion picture as a lead singer in a local band performing her hit songs "Crazy For You" and "Gambler".

Anyway, like Swain, we must all decide what we want in life and go for it. For many people, spirituality is a part of this quest. I'm not going to get into religion here, other than to say that this is something everyone must figure out for themselves. It takes a lot of time and thought. Almost everyone modifies their views as they get older and think about it more.

My advice to those undertaking their Vision Quest now:
  1. Religion is all about belief, or lack thereof.
  2. Just because you don't agree with some aspects of a religion's practice doesn't mean that you should discount it entirely. All religions (even atheism) have their pros and cons.
  3. Use your head and your emotions to figure out what's right for you. Your religion should comfort you in some way, or help you deal with difficult situations
  4. Embrace your Vision Quest. Don't be afraid to explore the questions of life's greater mysteries.

I'd like to end this by stating that I am in no way advocating religious beliefs or religion. I am merely encouraging everyone to make up their own minds about what they believe in, and to learn to tolerate views that contradict this belief. Good luck to all of you in your own Vision Quest.


“If you don’t turn your life into a story, you just become a part of someone else’s story.” – The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents